• Editorial
    La Tomatina: Soaked to the Skin

    Buñol… Soaked to the skin La Tomatina (Probably the worlds biggest and certainly the messiest food fight). So when I heard that they were organizing a coach trip, I jumped at the chance to go. I have never experienced anything like it in my life, up to 40,000 people crammed into tiny streets. Mental! I mean I’ve […]

  • Popular Festivals
    Local Fallas

    David Moratalla Pulido is the president of a small neighbourhood falla at Séneca-Poeta Mas i Ros in the city of Valencia. We asked him what the festival is like away from the giant fallas of the special section.  How and why did you become a fallero and eventually the president of the falla?  I joined […]

  • Popular Festivals
    All the Fun of the Fair

    Valencia’s Fería de Julio will be 140 years old this year. Iggy Pop, 2011’s big attraction, isn’t exactly what you’d call the latest thing, but when Iggy, the man for whom the word sinewy was invented, bares his torso (and probably some other parts of his body) and sings “I Wanna Be Your Dog” at […]

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    Creativity & Manolo Martín (Fallas)

    By now, Valencia is plunged deep into the mid-March Mediterranean madness that is Las Fallas. The city streets are awash with brightly coloured streetlights, the smell of gunpowder from day time mascletas and night time fireworks pervades the air, women walk the streets in full fallera dress or regular clothes with their hair done up […]

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    Fallas Again

      GET IT AWAY FROM ME Never! I will not do it! I absolutely will not go through another Fallas. No more sleep deprivation. No more drunken stupor. Nix the exploding firecrackers, the howling dogs, the street concerts, the paella feasts. I refuse to ever again elbow my way through a crowd of people on […]

  • Editorial
    La Tomatina: Soaked to the Skin

    Buñol… Soaked to the skin La Tomatina (Probably the worlds biggest and certainly the messiest food fight). So when I heard that 24/7 Valencia were organizing a coach trip, I jumped at the chance to go. I have never experienced anything like it in my life, up to 40,000 people crammed into tiny streets. Mental! I […]

  • Editorial
    La Tomatina is Fun!

      Bloody good fun It was hard to believe there were going to be any tomatoes at all. The main street was rammed with muchachos and chicas, buzzing while they waited for the battle, chanting ‘‘Ag-ua!’’ to provoke the residents on the roofs, then ‘‘To-ma-te’’, and of course the song ‘‘O-le, ole, ole, ole…’’, as […]

  • Editorial
    La Tomatina

    History of La Tomatina   La Tomatina is one of those annual world events that attract enormous amounts and ever increasing amounts of travellers to Valencia. La Tomatina takes place in the normally sleepy village of Buñol about an hour from the city and is a magnet, not just for backpackers and young people taking […]

  • Fallas fireworks in Valencia

    Fireworks in Valencia Valencians take their fireworks very seriously. There can’t be many places in the world where a Castillo or firework display will be angrily booed and slow hand clapped if it’s deemed to be too monotonous or, the ultimate sin in these parts, not punctuated by enough loud bangs. Pyrotechnicians are held in […]

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